Monday, November 30, 2009

Paul Bunyan

You might have thought that Paul Bunyan was just a story....but....I am here to tell you that 2 of them were in my backyard chopping down the dead Austrian pine. When I asked what killed it to the daughter who is a Natural Resource Environmental Scienc resource major and got a 100% in her dendrology class....her answer..."we don't live in Austria"..
my rsponse....really?
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Peter said...

"Diplodia, the fungus that causes tip blight, has made its presence obvious from Pennsylvania west to Michigan and Missouri in the last decade. It disfigures Austrian pines (Pinus nigra) and, to a lesser extent, Scotch pines (P. sylvestris) and mugo pines (P. mugo mugo). Perhaps because these trees are not native to the United States, no natural enemy is combatting the diplodia."

This is what I found on the net, so the answer was not stupid at all, maybe a bit short! :-)

Shammickite said...

Peter's a clever chap, isn't he?

Ginnie said...

I hate it when trees have to be cut down, Neva, but sometimes it's part of Nature's process, I know. Better Paul Bunyan than me! :)